by Omer Dostri
The EU claims of illegal construction sound particularly ridiculous when it is working in total violation of its own policy, which encourages a "mutual solution through negotiation." In recent months, it has been revealed that the EU is funding illegal Palestinian construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria, which are under full Israeli control.
After last week's condemnation by the American government of the plan to build 900 new housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem, the European Union has joined the chorus of criticism, arguing that "the decision puts the two-state solution in danger."
This comes on the heels of the absurd call by EU foreign ministers to boycott Israeli products -- issued on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day -- by marking products produced in settlements, as well as a resolution by the U.N. Conference on the Status of Women in March that accused Israel of damaging the status of Palestinian women.
The frequent international decisions and condemnations indicate the great, dangerous hypocrisy about Israel, mainly because of its "sin" of continuing to develop itself as a nation and provide its citizens with a place to live. This, while hundreds of thousands are killed and wounded in the Syrian civil war; while the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is striking and killing dozens of civilians; and while Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting for control of Yemen without demonstrating any particular respect for innocent lives.
The sanctity of life that Israel chooses, which comes to fruition in construction, development, and growth, is seen by the international community as crimes against humanity, while the real crimes are not even condemned, because not everything is worthy of world attention. The Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in Jerusalem, our capital, home to over 17,000 residents, is painted in Brussels, for example, as an illegal outpost made up of a few tents on open ground on which construction demands constant hysterical criticism and claims of "danger."
On the other hand, the international community opts to ignore the path of death and destruction the Palestinian side chooses. This path includes riots and terrorist attacks throughout Jerusalem, which are directly attributable to the incitement against Jews, the celebration of terrorists and the encouragement of terrorist attacks that come out of the Palestinian school system and media.
It seems that the diplomatic steps taken by the past two governments under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the concessions entailed in them as a gesture of good will and as a reward for the Palestinian Authority agreeing to sit down for negotiations -- such as freezing settlement construction for 10 months as well as releasing terrorists from prison -- have vanished as if they never existed, as has the recalcitrance of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who unilaterally stopped the negotiations when the taking ended and it was his turn to give.
The EU claims of illegal construction sound particularly ridiculous when it is working in total violation of its own policy, which encourages a "mutual solution through negotiation." In recent months, it has been revealed that the EU is funding illegal Palestinian construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria, which are under full Israeli control. More than 400 homes for Palestinian families have been built there in a gross external intervention in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The past few years have proved to every objective thinker that settlements are not the obstacle to peace, but the Palestinian Authority's rebuffs and continual, entrenched incitement are. The EU -- which is conducting a willfully blind policy out of cynical political motives -- cannot be considered a fair intermediary, and decision makers in Israel should take its condemnations in the same light.
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